Reintarnation – coming back as a hillbilly.
An email from a reader said:
. . . when I click on other sites on the side bar I get a blank page. Might be me, but have closed your site and then re-installed it – same result.
I tried clicking on other sites from a laptop and our office computer and had no problems.
Has anyone else had problems?
Whether or not you are the reader, and I, would appreciate advice on how to fix the problem.
RivettingKate Taylor mentioned that there’s only five more sleeps until Christmas.
How did that happen?
It used to take years to get from one Christmas to the next but I’d swear the last one was only a few weeks ago.
Remits seeking to enable single income families to split their income for tax purposes used to be hardy annuals at National Party conferences.
I used to think it was a good idea but patient explanations from people who work on facts rather than emotion persuaded me to change my mind.
One point raised was the difficulty if the income earner had an accident or became ill – his or her ACC or insurance payments would be based on the split income not the full one.
High administration costs; an increase in marginal tax rates if the partner on no or low income started work, worked longer hours or got a pay rise; and the bulk of the benefit going to those who needed it least were other arguments raised.
Lower taxes and a simpler tax system would do more for most people than tinkering which adds compliance costs.
These arguments apply to the income splitting bill Peter Dunne is trying to get through parliament and several government departments have raised other concerns:
Papers obtained by Radio New Zealand News under the Official Information Act show the Government consulted the Labour and Inland Revenue departments, the Ministries of Social Development and Women’s Affairs and the Treasury.
The departments raised concerns the proposal discourages women’s workforce participation, discriminates against sole-parent and low-income families, and increases the gender pay gap.
I’m not going to take issue with any of these points but note all these arguments could be used against Working for Families.
Of course there’s only one poll that counts and that’s the one held on election day.
But count or not, last night’s One News Colmar Brunton poll provides a positive finish to the year for National.
Christmas has come early for National, which ends the year polling more than 20 points ahead of Labour.
But there’s no sign of cheer for Phil Goff with the latest ONE News Colmar Brunton poll showing him nearly 50 points behind John Key in the preferred Prime Minister stakes.
On December 20:
69 – Vespasian, formerly a general under Nero, entered Rome to claim the title of emperor.
217 – The papacy of Zephyrinus ended. Callixtus I was elected as the sixteenth pope, but was opposed by the theologian Hippolytus who accused him of laxity and of being a Modalist, one who denies any distinction between the three persons of the Trinity.
1927 Kim Young-sam, first civilian President of South Korea after a series of dictatorships, was born.
1944 Bobby Colomby, American musician (Blood, Sweat & Tears), was born.
1948 Alan Parsons, British music producer and artist, was born.
1951 The EBR-1 in Arco, Idaho becomes the first nuclear power plant to generate electricy. The electricity powered four light bulbs.
1957 Billy Bragg, English singer and songwriter, was born.
1987 History’s worst peacetime sea disaster, when the passenger ferry Doña Paz sank after colliding with the oil tanker Vector 1 in the Tablas Strait in the Philippines killing an estimated 4,000 people (1,749 official).
1988 The United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances was signed in Vienna
1999 Macau was handed over to the People’s Republic of China by Portugal.
2007 Queen Elizabeth II became the oldest ever monarch of the United Kingdom, surpassing Queen Victoria, who lived for 81 years, 7 months and 29 days.
2007 – The painting Portrait of Suzanne Bloch (1904), by Pablo Picasso, was stolen from the São Paulo Museum of Art, along with O Lavrador de Café, by the major Brazilian modernist painter Candido Portinari.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia